From Proposal to Applause

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Getting a talk accepted and delivering it effectively is something that almost anyone can learn how to do. If you learn by trial-and-error, though, that may be a painful process which takes several years.

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Since you’re at this conference, you’ve probably spoken at other conferences, or at least thought about submitting a talk proposal to some other conference. Getting a talk accepted and delivering it effectively is something that almost anyone can learn how to do. If you learn by trial-and-error, though, that may be a painful process which takes several years.

As someone who has delivered talks around the world (OSCON, FISL, FOSS.In, pgCon, PHPCon, SCALE, etc.) and who sits on the evaluation committees for three conferences, I’ll share some of my accumulated knowledge on how to get from the Call for Papers to the applause at the end of your talk, including:

- Before you write a proposal
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How and what to propose
- Structure of a Talk
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How to make slides, and how not to
- Demos
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Rehearsing
- Filling the room
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Five things to remember
- How to deliver a talk, and how not to
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Q&A
— Follow-up

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